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2013 News Releases
December 23, 2013
Saguaro National Park, Friends of Saguaro, and Southern Arizona Roadrunners Team Up Again For 5 Mile Run Tucson, AZ - Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to this free event. This course will be along the Bajada Loop Drive in Saguaro National Park's Tucson Mountain (west) District.

December 23, 2013
Saguaro National Park January Program Schedule Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this winter that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history.

December 20, 2013
Saguaro National Park Passes Are Now Available Online Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is pleased to announce that Weekly and Annual Pass sales are now available online.

December 11, 2013
Saguaro National Park Hosts a WNPA Mexican Arts Demonstration and Sale in The Rincon Mountain Visitor Center Tucson, AZ - An impressive variety of Mata Ortiz pottery, Oaxacan wood carvings and Zapotec rugs will be featured in an Art Demonstration & Sale, sponsored by Western National Parks Association (WNPA).

December 10, 2013
Saguaro National Park Seeking Volunteers for Buffelgrass Pulling in Rincon Mountain District Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is looking for volunteers to assist pulling buffelgrass within the Rincon Mountain District (east) this Saturday, December 14. Interested volunteers should meet at the park's Rincon Mountain Visitor Center at 8:00 am.

December 3, 2013
Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain District Offers Wilderness Exploration Camp over Winter Break Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park's Tucson Mountain District (west) will offer a three-day Wilderness Exploration Day Camp for young people 10 to 14 years old.

November 22, 2013
Saguaro National Park December Program Schedule Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this winter that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history.

November 7, 2013
Saguaro National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Veteran's Day 2013 Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will be joining national park units across the country in celebrating Veteran's Day with fee-free entry into the park.

November 6, 2013
Saguaro National Park Seeking Volunteers for Buffelgrass Pulling in Rincon Mountain District Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is looking for volunteers to assist pulling buffelgrass within the Rincon Mountain District (east) this Saturday, November 9.

November 4, 2013
Saguaro National Park to Begin Work on Picture Rocks Road Tucson, AZ - Commuters who use Picture Rocks Road could potentially face minor delays due to road construction starting November 20. Workers will be out along the road shoulders trimming brush and salvaging sensitive plant species located along road shoulders.

October 28, 2013
Saguaro National Park November Program Schedule Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this fall that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history.

October 17, 2013
Saguaro National Park Reopened Today
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is pleased to announce that it has reopened to visitors today, following the federal government shutdown due to lapse in appropriations.

September 27, 2013
Saguaro National Park Celebrates National Public Lands Day Through Waiving Entrance Fees for Visitors Tucson, AZ - Satuarday, September 28 is Public Lands Day across the nation. It is a day set aside each year to celebrate land that is publicly owned by the American people and encourage those people to come out and enjoy a day in their public lands.

September 23, 2013
Saguaro National Park October Program Schedule Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this fall that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history.

August 23, 2013
Saguaro National Park to Offer Free Admission To Celebrate The National Park Service's 97th Birthday Tucson, AZ - Enjoy a weekend of late summer fun in your backyard national park, with free admission to Saguaro National Park this Sunday, August 25.

August 12, 2013
Saguaro National Park September Program Schedule Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this summer that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history.

July 23, 2013
Saguaro National Park August Program Schedule Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this summer that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history.

July 17, 2013
Arrival of Monsoon Signals Easing of Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona Tucson, AZ - Effective Friday, July 19, all fire restrictions in southeastern Arizona will be lifted due to widespread precipitation across the area.

July 10, 2013
Saguaro National Park Resumes Herbicide Use to Control Buffelgrass Tucson, AZ - Now that monsoon rains have brought dormant plants back to life, staff and interns at Saguaro National Park will initiate the seasonal use of herbicides to control buffelgrass.

July 4, 2013
Naturalization Ceremony Held at Saguaro National Park Tucson, AZ - Twenty people from 10 countries became United States citizens in ceremonies held on the Fourth of July at Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain District. The ceremonies were held in partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

June 17, 2013
Dry Conditions Trigger Increased Fire Restrictions in Southern Arizona Tucson, AZ - Effective Wednesday, June 19, areas in southeastern Arizona will increase campfire and smoking restrictions.

June 10, 2013
Saguaro National Park July Program Schedule Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this summer that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history.

June 6, 2013
Saguaro National Park Offers Park After Dark Family Nights in Tucson Mountain District (west) Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering guided family hikes to explore the park after dark and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the desert by moonlight.

May 28, 2013
Two Men Charged for Vandalism in Saguaro National Park Tucson, AZ - Two men have been charged with violations of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations in response to vandalism which occurred on May 23.

May 27, 2013
Saguaro National Park Seeks Community Assistance for Second Vandalism Incident in May Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is seeking the public's assistance in connection with a second significant vandalism incident along the Douglas Springs Trail in the Rincon Mountain District (east).

May 20, 2013
Dry Conditions Trigger Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona Tucson, AZ - Effective Wednesday, May 22, areas throughout Southeast Arizona will implement campfire and smoking restrictions until further notice.

May 13, 2013
Saguaro National Park is Tagged by Vandals Tucson, AZ - Significant graffiti was discovered along the Douglas Springs Trail in Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountain District over the weekend.

May 8, 2013
Saguaro National Park Recieves 2013 Active Trails Grant Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is one of 22 national parks across the country selected to recieve a 2013 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks.

May 6, 2013
Saguaro National Park to Offer Summer Junior Ranger Camps at Rincon Mountain District Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will offer its traditional Junior Ranger Camps at the Rincon Mountain District (east) again this summer. For nearly twenty years these camps have introduced young Tucsonans to the wonders of southern Arizona's only National Park.

May 1, 2013
Saguaro National Park Offers Public Programs in May Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this spring that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history.

April 24, 2013
Local Student Wins Expressions of Freedom National Art Competition Tucson, AZ - Arianna Martinez Reyna of Tucson is the first-place winner of the Expressions of Freedom National Art Competition sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.

April 17, 2013
Saguaro National Park Celebrates 2013 National Park Week Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will waive entrance fees from Monday, April 22nd through Friday, April 26th.

April 15, 2013
Saguaro National Park Celebrates National Junior Ranger Day Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will celebrate with events and activites for families and their children.

April 9, 2013
Saguaro National Park Offers Special Programming For Civilian Conservation Corps Recognition Day Tucson, AZ - This event honors the CCC personnel and their work and the 80th anniversary of the founding of the CCC.

March 26, 2013
Saguaro National Park Offers April Program Schedule Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering special hikes and talks this spring that explore the park's wonderful cultural and natural history.

March 20, 2013
Saguaro National Park offers one-day Junior Ranger Explorer Camp in the Tucson Mountain District (west) Tucson, AZ - Saguaro is offering a one-day Jr. Ranger Explorer Camp for kids seven to 10 years of age on March 30, in the Tucson Mountain District.

February 27, 2013
Saguaro National Park Hosts Mata Ortiz Pottery Show with Western National Parks Association Tucson, AZ - We are pleased to host our cooperating partner WNPA in the Rincon Mountain District this weekend for a Mata Ortiz and Oaxacan Arts show and sale.

February 26, 2013
Saguaro National Park Tourism Creates $21.9 Million in Local Economic Benefit Tucson, AZ - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 610,045 visitors to Saguaro National Park spent $21.9 million in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 294 jobs in the local area.

February 14, 2013
March Naturalist Guided Programs at Saguaro National Park Tucson, AZ - Highlights of Saguaro National Park's programs for March include a variety of sunset and moonlight hikes in the West District; and Cactus Caravan, Star Parties and Night Walks in the East District.

January 28, 2013
February Naturalist Guided Programs at Saguaro National Park Tucson, AZ - Highlights of Saguaro National Park's programs for February include a variety of sunset and moonlight hikes in the West District; and Cactus Caravan, Star Parties and Night Walks in the East District.

January 24, 2013
Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain District Offers Wilderness Exploration Camp in February Tucson, AZ - SNP, Tucson Mountain District (west) will offer a three-day Wilderness Exploration Day Camp for young people 10 to 14 years old. The dates for the camp are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 21-23.

January 23, 2013
Saguaro National Park is Hosting a Volunteer Buffelgrass Pull on Beat Back Buffelgrass Day Tucson, AZ - On January 26, Saguaro National Park is hosting an event to pull patches of buffelgrass out of our Sonoran Desert...

January 17, 2013
Saguaro National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will be joining along with other national park units across the country to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a fee-free entry into the park on Monday, January 21.

January 3, 2013
Saguaro National Park and Southern Arizona Roadrunners Team Up Again for 5 Mile Run Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park and Arizona Roadrunners is teaming up for a FREE, non-competitive 5K social walk/run...

 

2012 News Releases

December 21, 2012
January Programs at Saguaro National Park Tucson, AZ - Highlights of Saguaro National Park's programs for January include a variety of sunset and moonlight hikes...

December 17, 2012
Saguaro National Park Invites Participation in Their Traditional Guided Night Drive Through the Rincon Mountian District's Cactus Forest Thursday, December 27, 2012 Tucson, AZ - Once again this year, Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountain District (east) will open the Cactus Forest Loop Drive for special starlight driving tours the evening of Thursday, December 27th.

December 12, 2012
Saguaro National Park Offers Wilderness Exploration Camp in Tucson Mountain District (West) During Holiday Break Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park's Tucson Mountain District (West) will offer a three-day Junior Ranger Wilderness Exploration Day Camp for young people 10 to 14 years old. The dates for the camp are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 27-29.

November 19, 2012
Saguaro National Park Offers Moonlight Programming in the Tucson Mountain District (West) Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is inviting the Tucson community out to the Tucson Mountain District (west) to discover the beauty of the desert under the moonlight. Naturalist-guided hikes among the majestic saguaro cactus will be held near the time of the full moon in November, and a patio program on the night of the full moon itself features its rise over the peaks of the Tucson Mountains.

November 13, 2012
Saguaro National Park Hosts Open House to Discuss Restoration Plans Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) as part of a proactive plan to restore park resources. The park is hosting a public meeting on November 27 at the Wilmot Library to discuss proposed actions in the plan. One of the proposed strategies includes aerial application of herbicide in the park's back-country to combat infestations of buffelgrass.

November 6, 2012
Saguaro National Park to Offer Free Admission Over Veteran's Day Weekend Tucson, AZ - Enjoy a weekend of fall fun in your backyard national park, with free admission to Saguaro National Park this holiday weekend.

October 29, 2012
Saguaro National Park Opens Hope Camp Trail to Bicycle Use on November 2 Tucson, AZ - Starting this weekend, the Hope Camp Trail in Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountain District (east) will be open to mountain bikes. Designation of this new multi-use trail begins November 2, 2012 after a long eight month process of public comment, approval and inclusion in the Federal Register.

October 22, 2012
Saguaro National Park Hosts 11th Annual American Indian Culture Fair, October 27 Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park and Western National Parks Association are hosting the 11th Annual American Indian Culture Fair on Saturday, October 27 in the Tucson Mountain District (west).

September 27, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY BY PULLING BUFFELGRASS IN THE TUCSON MOUNTAINS Tucson, AZ - Saturday, September 29th is Public Lands Day across the nation. It is a day set aside each year to celebrate land that is publicly owned by the American people and encourage those people to come out and enjoy a day of service to those public lands.

September 19, 2012
OCTOBER PROGRAMS OFFERED AT SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering special programs this fall that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history.

September 7, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK BEGINS AERIAL MAPPING OF BUFFELGRASS Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will be mapping buffelgrass within park boundaries in both the Tucson Mountain (west) and Rincon Mountain (east) Districts using a helicopter.

July 4, 2012
NATURALIZATION CEREMONY HELD AT SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK Tucson, AZ - Twenty-one candidates were sworn in as new United States citizens by Honorable District Court Judge Jennifer Zipps today during a ceremony held in Sauaro National Park. These new citizens represented 11 different countries, including Canada, Columbia, India, Ireland, Libya, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago.

June 28, 2012
SAGUARO TO HOST NATURALIZATION CEREMONY Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will host a new citizen naturalization ceremony on July 4, 2012. The Honorable District Court Judge Jennifer Zipps will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America's newest citizens. This ceremony is taking place through a partnership formed with the U.S, Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

June 18, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK SELECTED AS 2012 NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION AMERICA'S BEST IDEA GRANT RECIPIENT Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park has been selected as one of 49 national parks participating in the 2012 America's Best Idea program sponsored by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Inspitred by the critically-acclaimed Ken Burns documentary...designed to connect diverse, under-engaged populations throughout the United States with their national parks in innovative and meaningful ways.

June 6, 2012
FIRE RESTRICTIONS BEGIN AT SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK Tucson, AZ - Due to increased fire danger in southern Arizona, Saguaro National Park will implement fire restrictions in both the Rincon and Tucson Mountain Districts, beginning Wednesday, June 6, 2012. These restrictions coincide with similar restrictions going into effect on other public lands in southern Arizona.

June 5, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO OFFER FREE ADMISSION FOR "GET OUTDOORS DAY" THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Tucson, AZ - Get a head start on your summer fun with free admission to Saguaro National Park this Saturday, June 9. In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, all 397 national parks, including Saguaro National Park will waive entrance fees.

June 4, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO OFFER "FAMILY NIGHT: THE PARK AFTER DARK" AT THE TUCSON MOUNTAIN DISTRICT (WEST) Tucson, AZ--- Ever wonder what magical and mysterious happenings occur in the desert at night? Saguaro National Park will offer Family Night: The Park After Dark at the Tucson Mountain District (West), starting June 15.

May 23, 2012
RINCON MOUNTAIN DISTRICT VISITOR CENTER TO CLOSE FOR RENOVATION STARTING MAY 28TH - PARK STILL OPEN TO VISITORS Tucson, AZ - Visitors to Saguaro National Park, Rincon Mountain District (East) will notice some changes in the visitor center starting May 28th, 2012. The visitor center building, originally built in 1953, is being closed this summer for renovation in anticipation of a new exhibit project starting fall of 2012.

May 21, 2012
JUNE PROGRAMS OFFERED AT SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering special programs this June that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history. Come along on a naturalist-led walk in the park, or join a local expert for a presentation in one of our visitor centers.

May 16, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO HOST OPEN HOUSE IN HONOR OF ARMED FORCES DAY ON MAY 19TH Tucson, AZ - To show appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on Saturday, May 19th, Armed Forces Day, the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

May 15, 2012
SAGUARO NATIOANL PARK ENCOURAGES SAFE VIEWING OF SOLAR ECLIPSE AT TUCSON MOUNTAIN DISTRICT ON MAY 20TH Tucson, AZ - Sagurao National Park will be among 125 national parks to offer the best eclipse-viewing opportunities on May 20th when the first solar eclipse viewable in the U.S. in the last 18 years darkens the sky before sunset.

April 17, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK CELEBRATES 2012 NATIONAL PARK WEEK: Entrance Fees Waived April 21-29 Tucson, AZ - In celebration of National Park Week, Saguaro National Park will waive entrance fees and offer special programs about our nation's parks.

April 9, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO OFFER SUMMER JUNIOR RANGER CAMPS AT RINCON MOUNTAIN DISTRICT For Ages 6 to 11 Years Old Tucson, AZ---Saguaro National Park will offer Junior Ranger Camps at the Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East) this summer, throughout the month of June.

March 26, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO HOST CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS RECOGNITION DAY, MARCH 31
Tucson, AZ--Saguaro National Park is proud host the 3rd Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Recognition Day on Saturday, March 31. The event will be held at the Tucson Mountain District (west), 2700 N. Kinney Road from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Park entrance fee will be waived at the Red Hills Visitor Center for visitors participating in the CCC celebration.

March 21, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK ANNOUNCES DISCONTINUED USE OF DISPOSABLE PLASTIC BOTTLES AT ALL FACILITIES
Tucson, AZ-Today, Saguaro National Park joined a growing number of parks and universities no longer using vending machines to sell disposable bottled water or soda on site. According to the EPA, over 1,125,000,000 pints of bottled water were sold in the United States in 2011. The EPA estimates that less than 15% of those plastic water bottles are recycled; the rest go into landfills or are discarded as litter.

March 9, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO RE-ROUTE SECTION OF THE CARRILLO TRAIL
Tucson, AZ--Saguaro National Park will re-route a section of a popular trail in the Rincon Mountain District (East). The park plans to relocate a 0.9 mile section of the Carrillo Trail approximately 0.4 miles east of its current location, to a flatter area where it will be more sustainable and cost effective to maintain.

March 6, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK PROPOSES CONVERSION OF THE HOPE CAMP TRAIL TO A MULTI-USE TRAIL
Tucson, AZ -The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to designate the Hope Camp Trail as a bicycle route, or multi-use trail, within Saguaro National Park. The rule is necessary because NPS general regulations require promulgation of a special regulation to designate bicycle routes located off park roads and outside developed areas.

February 28, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK BRINGS VISITORS, MONEY AND JOBS TO SOUTHERN ARIZONA
Tucson, AZ -A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 700,000 visitors in 2010 spent more than $24.1 million in Saguaro National Park and in communities near the park. That spending supported more than 325 jobs in the area.

Did You Know?

The flower of a Staghorn Cholla

Many of the plants of the Sonoran Desert are not only edible, they are great sources of nutrition, including the buds of the staghorn cholla which is a great source of calcium and magnesium.